Sep 16, 2019

Thank you for supporting our STEAMBotics Academy!

Members, parents, and community supporters recently particpted in the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show in St. Louis. This annual 3-day event welcomed over 25,000 attendees. Our team's booth stayed busy as we had three of our robots there to engage with visitors. Our members loved the experience and are so proud they were able to showcase their work. The air show brings in the community to celebrate leaders in flight, design, and technology. 

In addition, two of members were recognized at the special Wings of Hope Reception on Friday eving with the Blue Angels. These members continue to represent the STEAMBotics Academy to the community, helping people understand everything from design to competitions. 

The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles was also recently recognized for our STEAMBotics Program with an amazing gift from Amazon. Amazon, a true leader in technology, noted our programs provide a basic introduction into STEM for young learners, hands on experience in coding and modeling, and competition experiences designed to promote problem-solving, leadership, and innovation. 

We are so thankful for the continued support of this program. It is our hope to expand it to our O'Fallon location by next year so that even more young members can explore STEAM. 

Jul 15, 2019

Avoiding the Summer Slump

Summer is a busy time at the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County. We provide a 10-week Summer Blast program designed to help our members maintain strong academic skills, engage in more outdoor play, and enjoy special field trips and events. Academic success continues to be a focus area for both locations. Each day members spend time in the learning center, computer lab, or STEM lab to work on academic fundamentals especially reading. We know the summer is often a time of regression in academics, therefore, we work to help members maintain and improve in these areas. Thanks to donor support we have been able to purchase a 3-d printer, new books, additional licenses for the reading software, and more engaging games. The kids are loving the Summer Blast program and we are happy to see a solid mix of learning, problem-solving, interactive play, and creativity.

Jun 24, 2019

STEAMbotics and Summer Blast!

Our members are enjoying added STEAMbotics activities during our Summer Blast camp which runs through August 10th. In addtition to Lego Camp (introduction to robotics), we are now offering a program specifically for our younger, female club members, ages 6-9, called Girl Engineer. This 4 week program (ran twice over the summer) is based on the book "Rosie Revere, Engineer" by Beaty Roberts. 

We are also offering a program called "Think Like an Engineer" during the summer. This program is specifically for members ages 10 and up and involves fun competitions in which members work to contruct the tallest tower, build a paper roller coaster, create a water filtration system and so much more. 

We love seeing the kids learning new concepts, working together and improving innovation. We are grateful for Global Giving's continued support which allows us to expand programs, especially during the summer. 

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